BBC America’s sci-fi drama Orphan Black debuted in 2013 and quickly became a cult hit among viewers. The show stars Tatiana Maslany as a handful of clones, including the delinquent single mother Sarah, the suburban housewife Alison, the scientist Cosima, and the serial killer Helena. Maslany’s performances as the various clones led the show’s dedicated following to campaign for the actress to be recognized, which drew even more new fans to the show.
In fact, Orphan Black garnered the attention of celebrity fans like Wil Wheaton, who hosted a TV special The Clonversation prior to the show’s second season premiere. Now, Orphan Black will be receiving similar treatment to other pop culture favorites like The Walking Dead, since an after show will debut along with the series’ season 4 premiere.
Deadline is reporting BBC America and Canada’s Space channel with debut After the Black on April 14th immediately following the Orphan Black season premiere. After the Black will be hosted by Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, who host InnerSpace and its related podcasts for Canada’s Space channel. The trio have discussed other fan favorite TV series like Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and Being Human.
The Orphan Black aftershow will follow the same 30-minute format as AMC’s Talking programs hosted by Chris Hardwick, like Talking Dead following The Walking Dead. The first episode of After the Black will feature guests Maslany and fellow Orphan Black star Kevin Hanchard, who plays Detective Arthur Bell. Per Deadline, After the Black will feature “discussions with Orphan Black cast, crew and special guests, with topics ranging from plot hints, twists and theories” as well as special segments that take viewers behind the scenes on Orphan Black and preview the next week’s episode.
Certainly, as Orphan Black enters a fourth season exploring its complex world full of multiple organizations fixated on the clones, with various alliances being forged and broken in each episode, the show is prime fodder for aftershow plot discussions. Additionally, since Orphan Black featured one of the most shocking TV deaths of 2015, After the Black will provide fans with a platform to discuss big plot twists such as this.
Of course, not every fan of Orphan Black will tune in to After the Black, choosing to draw their own conclusions and lead their own discussions about each episode of the show’s fourth season. But, for those members of the dedicated Clone Club – as Orphan Black’s fans are called – wishing for even more programming devoted to the sci-fi cult it, After the Black seems to be a perfectly tailored aftershow.
Orphan Black season 4 premieres April 14th at 10pm ET on BBC America and Canada’s Space Channel. After the Black premieres immediately afterward at 11pm.
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